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Star loses his boots

Daily Mail
Saturday, December 21, 2013

Fresh after being knocked out of the FIFA Club World Cup, Ronaldinho probably wanted to get back to Atletico Mineiro's changing rooms as quick as possible to get over a shock defeat.

But he was made to stay on the pitch as he greeted Raja Casablanca players, who were idolising him, and even had to give them his Nike boots!

The Moroccan side continued their dream run at home with a 3-1 win, denying the Brazilian — who scored a wonderful free-kick — a chance to win the competition for the first time, having reached the final with Barcelona in 2006.

Mouchine Iajour opened the scoring, before Ronaldinho cancelled that out, but Mouhcine Moutouali converted a penalty in the 84th minute and Vivien Madibe sealed a famous win in stoppage time.

The Moroccan side will now take on European giants Bayern in Saturday's (Sunday Fiji time) final in the capital.

The first half of Wednesday's semi-final was even, with neither goalkeeper unduly tested, but Raja made the breakthrough six minutes after the break.

A through ball found a huge gap in the Atletico defence and Iajour ran on to it, taking one touch before firing into the far corner from the edge of the area.

Ronaldinho rolled back the years with an equaliser in the 63rd minute, curling a 25-yard free-kick from left of centre around the wall and in off the far post.

The Brazilians pressed in search of a second, with Fernandinho and Jo forcing saves from Khalid Askri.

But they were undone at the back as Iajour was fouled in the area by Rever.

The Atletico captain was booked, but the real punishment came from the foot of Moutouali, who sent Victor the wrong way with a cool penalty low into the right corner.

And Madibe sealed Raja's place in the final with a third goal four minutes into injury time.

There was still time for Moutouali to fire a shot against the bar as the Moroccans finished on a high.